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No more rack eny
I had these tracks installed on my 07' dodge caliber. I was too nervous to do the install myself, had a shop do it or me. I got the yakima pads and towers. Now my tiny car is a gear carrying monster!!
Yakima & Thule - the same but not
I put the Yakima tracks on my CRV this past week. Super-quick install (well - quick enough given that you have to stop and wait for touch-up paint to dry). My local rack shop said Thule & Yakima tracks were identical. Truth is that the Yakima extrusions have a slightly thicker wall.
Want to put a set of rails on my fiberglass...
Want to put a set of rails on my fiberglass truckbed lid. With the yakima rails which landing pads and towers are best?
The best way to find this would be using the Yakima fit guide.
Totally rock-solid, but installer beware...
Just installed the tracks on the top of my '08 FJ, and they absolutely rock. Totally low-profile rack solution, keeps the additional height of adding a rack to the absolute minimum. Interesting to note that the Yak tracks are identical to the Thule racks - once they're installed, you can install either brand's towers.
I'd echo everything erich mentions, with a few caveats, the most significant being the "vehicle-specific mounting guide" provided by Yakima. I was surprised to learn (and I'm generalizing here) that, unless installing the tracks on a pre-2001 vehicle, you're very likely NOT to have specific instructions for your truck/car. So your install's probably going to require a slight bit of winging it, which might make some nervous, considering you're drilling directly into the roof of your ride. Certainly made me jittery. If you can chat with a professional installer (like the Rack Attack guys), do so - you'll feel a bit better about doing it yourself. You should also know that Bondo sells a patch/repair kit, probably available at your local auto parts store for ten bucks.
Otherwise the install directions are crystal-clear, and it's actually a very simple process once you get the first one or two figured out. And the end product is absolutely rock-solid. Highly recommended - but Yak REALLY needs to update the vehicle guide (or at least put it on the web!).
Yakima tracks and you are my new friend
After visiting the two Yak dealers in my town, no one knew about the tracks with plusnuts, but they all discouraged putting it on my roof. So I took the challenge and installed these in about 3 hours (it would be easy to do it quicker, I'm just meticulous). I'm very pleased, especially since it rained the next three days and no leaking at all (so far). The directions were easy to follow, and they look and work great with the whole setup. Yakima has a great new product for those like me who don't want to scuff up the roof with their traditional setup, which I had on my previous two cars. The tracks are definately permanent though, as I now have I think 14 holes in my roof. This is definately the best in price and service, as I got the tracks in 3 days from my order with free shipping and at least $30 to pocket compared to competitors. Thanks.